Our 4×4 professional training courses comply with the HSE’s PUWER regulations which require employees to receive ‘adequate training’ on work-placed equipment. We cover subjects such as; different types of 4WD systems & their mechanical complexities, vehicle & under bonnet checks, route planning, health & safety issues & risk assessment. The individual, while under instruction needs to demonstrate they have understanding, gained knowledge & can recognise the risks & how to reduce them. There will be theoretical & practical sessions during the training covering all aspects of safe off-road driving. Our courses specialize in the ‘professional training’ of anyone using four wheel drive vehicles in the work-place.
The aim of these training courses is to equip drivers with the skills and knowledge to operate a vehicle mounted winch in off highway situations for work and private use.
Borda’s winch courses is the Association’s minimum recommended health & safety standard for the basic operation of a Vehicle Mounted Winch and additional training may be require for specific conditions, machines, and equipment.
– You will receive continuous close supervision from a BORDA Specialist Trainer (winching)
– Candidates require the appropriate driver competence for their vehicle and conditions, BORDA Standard level off road course is recommended as a pre-requisite for winch training.
– Recommended Training Ratios – Minimum 2:1 ratio. Maximum 4:1
– The course duration is between half and one day depending on training ratios
The most commonly used winches are operated electrically from the vehicle’s battery supply, however there are shaft and hydraulically driven winches, all of which have different load ratings. Although BORDA recognises and makes reference to “capstan” winches the CoP gives general advice for “drum” type winches with integral ropes and recommends that specialist advice and instruction is obtained for “capstan” winching.
Who should attend? Anyone who is required to go into extreme conditions for work with vehicle mounted winches, or anyone who is looking to expand their skills for leisure use.
Does your company have experienced off-road drivers in the work-place? Or would you prefer Integrated training & assessment? Increase your company standards by having staff who are proficient in off road driving techniques & skills. Vehicle sympathy, risk management, route planning & all-important vehicle checks prior to taking a 4×4 off-road can help reduce costs & lessen the risk of an accident in the work-place! These are pass or fail courses & ideally take place in the 4×4 vehicle normally driven at work. For more information or quotation regarding any of our training courses please call 01594 834666 or
The demand for employees to be certificated, complying with PUWER; Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations, requires nationally recognised off-road instructors to supply your training. Whitecliff Off Road Centre has BORDA qualified instructor & assessor to train your staff on a professional level.
Attendees need to show they have improved knowledge & understanding, with the skill and attitude to remain safe whilst negotiating off-road conditions.
We can advise which level of training is most appropriate based on individual or company needs, the type of terrain driven & the types of off-road vehicle used in the work-place. For more information please call 01594 834666 or email
Depending on the weather, It may be muddy, wet and cold so please come prepared. You will be required to bring your driving licence, your lunch, relevant outdoor clothing, PPE and footwear. Training goes ahead in most weather conditions, but heavy snow may cause postponement.
Theoretical and practical tasks will be completed during the course with the guidance and support of your instructor. Please bring the 4X4 vehicle you use for work together with it’s handbook or manual (if available) showing it’s 4WD operating system. NB: Should have at least three seats.
A certificate of training or a certificate of proficiency will be issued depending on the course attended & the outcome. Primarily training is run under Borda Codes Of Practice. But for budget flexibility we also run our own PUWER training courses.